Identity and Relationships

By Ashlee Heap

What is a healthy relationship?

A healthy relationship must have many different components like trust. Trust is very important in any relationship because you must be able to trust them with other people they might be with or something you say or do and they won’t tell any other people. I think honesty is a key quality in a healthy relationship because you should be able to tell them your opinions and what you are feeling instead of lying about it. Being respectful of them is also important whether you are respecting their opinions or feelings or their property. There are many more qualities I could write about like loyalty, dedication or being faithful because they are also very important in a healthy relationship. All this qualities are important in all types of relationships whether they are in friendship, sexual relationship or just between family. If these qualities were not present in any type of relationship, it would not be a healthy relationship and it wouldn’t work the best it could.

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Your Identity

Your identity can be made up of many different things like the way you look or dress, your sexuality or by the decisions you make in your life. No one else is the same as you and your identity is your own. Decisions can affect your identity because if you make a lot of bad decisions people may see you as a person who doesn't care whilst a person who makes a lot of good decisions can be seen as a person who cares too much about their life and not a risk taker. Only you know your real identity as other people are just guessing or think they know who you are exactly.

Catholic Church Teachings on Sexual Intimacy

The Catholic Church teaches that sexuality is a great gift and that sexual intimacy includes the physical, emotional, social, intellectual and spiritual aspects of the human person. Sexual acts have two functions; they are both unitive and procreative. Unitive means the couple are brought together in a special way through intercourse. Procreative means that sexual intercourse has the potential to start a new life or baby. Both these functions are equally special and important and are part of God's gift of sexuality. Sexual acts must respect the dignity of each person. Sexual intimacy finds its fullness in the commitment of a marriage relationship.

The Catholic Church teaches that sexual intercourse is only for married couples.

Why do they teach this?

The Catholic Church teaches this because we are created with dignity and worth that gives us rights, responsibilities and uniqueness. Every human act, sexual or otherwise should enhance and reflect the image, dignity and respect of individuals. They teach this of the need to maintain standards, to protect and promote these values.
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Catholic Church Teachings on Contraceptives

The Catholic Church believes two things about Contraceptives:

Artificial Contraception divides these functions and therefore makes sexual intercourse incomplete.

Natural methods result in the responsibility being shared between both parties as they are required to abstain from sexual intercourse when they are fertile.

They only believe of Abstinence (not having sexual intercourse) and Fertility Awareness (methods that attempt to pinpoint the fertile period so that sexual intercourse during these periods can be avoided.)

Why do they teach this?

The Catholic Church teaches this because they believe you shouldn't use contraceptives because they don't allow sexual intercourse to natural and create new life like it should be before artificial methods were created.

Informed Conscience

Your informed conscience are instincts which allow decision making to occur while considering all of the possible consequences as well as the possible gains.

It helps you to decide what the right or wrong decision is to act on when you are faced with a tough decision and not sure what to do by weighing up all the consequences of either decision.

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